Jaxons Trek South for a Sold Out Jazz in The Gardens Experience

Shown (L-R) are Duval residents’ readying for the weekends concert shows: Alvin Copeland, Shirley Copeland, Sonya Godwin, Brandi Williams, Daffney Williams, Valeri Wilson and Elliot Wilson.

By Lynn Jones-Turpin – Held in Miami Gardens, Florida the 15th Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) annual concert features some of the most heralded R&B and Jazz acts in the country.  This year the gardens welcomed Jill Scott, Jodeci, Ari Lennox, El DeBarge Adam Blackstone, Eryakah Badu, Keisha Cole, Sean Paul and the legendary Oklahoman Charlie “Uncle Charlie” Wilson! Concert goers from neighboring Florida cities and along the I-95 corridor parked their vehicles, checked into their hotels and were enthused to hear their favorite artist, dance and sing-along to the beats of their hit songs. JITG’s festivities begin on Thursday with their Poetry in the Gardens event showcasing the city’s youth and adult original verses and poems. Fridays Women’s Impact Luncheon is an encouraging and motivating experience designed to inspire women to live their everyday best lives. Ending the weekend’s festivities on Sunday, gospel artists Chandler Moore, Kierra Sheard, Pastor Mike Jr. and saxophonist Mike Phillips.  “Wow what a weekend of top of the line artist.  This is our 13th year attending the JITG. We wouldn’t miss it for the world. This is our spot,” said Jax resident Travis Dorsey. With over 110,000 Residents, Miami Gardens is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County and the third largest predominately African American city in Florida.


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